Women's Human Rights in Afghanistan: A Dialogue on Next Steps

Women's Human Rights in Afghanistan: A Dialogue on Next Steps

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Event Recording
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English (US)



After working for decades to ensure their rights to education, freedom of movement, job opportunities, political representation and more, women in Afghanistan are facing the sudden reversal of their rights and security. On December 8, in the lead up to International Human Rights Day, a panel of human rights and policy experts discussed how cultural dialogue and policy-making at the local and global level can support the rights and security of women in vulnerable societies. Panelists from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, and the United States will shared their expertise in mobilizing for gender equality and preventing extremist backlash.


Mahnaz Afkhami | Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership, Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies


Madhavi Sunder | Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs at Georgetown University


Karima Bennoune | Former UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Homer G. Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair in International Law at UC Davis

Sima Samar | Former Minister of Women's Affairs in Afghanistan, Former Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Kelly Shannon | Associate Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights at Florida Atlantic University